At Minstead Trust we nurture the unique potential of people with learning disabilities.

We support them to achieve greater independence and live happier and healthier lives.

This can be through support to live in their own homes, learning new skills at day opportunities or receiving work training to move towards employment.

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Dave here showing his trimming skills in ceramics. Dave here showing his trimming skills in ceramics. Dave trimmed the excess clay to give more shape to these bowls before the go in the kiln ready for the next stages.

Check out @furzey_gardens tea rooms for a range of products that have been made by the people we support in new forest day opportunities 🌼
From garden to plate... Emily delivered the first From garden to plate... Emily delivered the first of the seasons radishes to the kitchen today to go into the lunches. Look at their vibrant colour! 

Emily works in the garden on Tuesday morning, she had this to say about it
"Its peaceful and it's nice to be in the sunshine. It's good to be out and moving about and listening to the bird sing"
Emma's been working on her shell painting this wee Emma's been working on her shell painting this week, look at those colours 😍 She's been painting pictures of objects donated to Minstead Trust by local collectors 👏
New design from new forest day opportunities... Wh New design from new forest day opportunities... What do you think of our new felted fairy and dining table? 🧚
Henry, Matt and Robert are doing sterling work get Henry, Matt and Robert are doing sterling work getting Minstead Lodge ready for a wedding at the weekend.

Grounds maintenance is part of the sessions offered in our New Forest Day Opportunities. The guys learn new skills, work as a team and enjoy the health benefits of time spent outdoors. 

Let's hope it makes for an unforgettable day on Saturday!

#newforest #wedding #learningdisabilities
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Minstead Stories

Be inspired by the stories of some of the people we support

'I found lockdown really stressful, couldn't get out and about as I can't walk far with my disability.

'I really missed going to Minstead. I was over the moon when I could come back!

'I come here because I enjoy it and I meet a lot of people - new people.

'I'm outgoing and I like doing arts and crafts, a bit of sewing now and again when I can with my arthritis.

'It makes me feel happy to come here - really happy!'

'I’ve found it very challenging with the coronavirus.

'I felt sad during lockdown initially. I couldn’t go out for lunch at the weekend, I couldn’t see my friends and family.

'I was sad not to have Easter with my family at home. I’ve been feeling anxious and sad about it all.

'I have found my time at Furzey therapeutic. I like potting, pricking out and collecting and sowing the seeds.'

It has been a brilliant year, working in the gardens.

I enjoyed cutting the pumpkins for harvest.

I have started work at Paulton’s Park in the restaurant, it’s going really brilliant. I do it Friday and Sunday and we are seeing how it goes to see if I will do more days. It is my very first paid job.

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